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Total Fucking Destruction ‘Peace, Love and Total Fucking Destruction’ CD 2008

15th December 2008

Total Fucking Destruction 'Peace, Love and Total Fucking Destruction' CD 2008A mad smear of visionary post-grindcore conceptualised and executed by Brutal Truth drummer Richard Hoak. Robot rhythm machine Hoak (drums and vocals) is joined by the surname less Joe on bass and vocals and someone called Pingdum (possibly related to Icelandic penguin icon ‘Pingu’) on guitar and vocals. Twenty three tracks in twenty five and a half minutes. TFD are a manic and clownish splat of hyperactive, often unexpectedly psychedelic and precociously intelligent hardcore muck that sound like Dead Kennedys, Brutal Truth, SOD, old Beastie Boys, Napalm Death, Buttholes and Siege all blasted up in a giant punk blender to make the ultimate in disorientating sonic mind soup.

Some selected highlights from this schizophrenic pot-pourri of bludgeoning hatred: the seething spazzcore muscle of opening kick in the head ‘Bio-Satanic Terrorist Attack’; the twisted pop muzak nursery rhyme of ‘Non-existence of the Self’; the crazed Van Halen on speed guitar fuckery of ‘Nihilism, Emptiness, Nothingness and Nonsense’; the sarcastic Dead Kennedys-esque punk bounce of ‘Doublespeaker’ and the fractured narrative nervous breakdown of closing track ‘Last Night I Dreamt We Destroyed The World’.

After listening to the whole album one feels like one has spent a foul afternoon in one of those ‘whacky warehouse’ for snot-smeared kids hellholes filled with ball pools and burger scoffing idiot parents. TFD vomit forth dizzying tempo changes, rapid fire screams and mad snatches of catchy mutant rock riffs all thrown together in a calculating and witty fashion that smacks of the energy of a French sociologist on LSD.

The lyrics reflect the absolute frustration and unending boredom anyone with a brain feels about the banal, dead end and soul draining corporate wasteland of 21st century America and the resulting global infestation of late capitalism. The military industrial complex, the internet, terrorism and the entertainment industry are just some of the issues that are nailed up to the wall and wasted by this vicious and frothing trio of armchair anarchists.

Quite right too – bring back the politics of TRUTH into this sterile world of business ‘ethos’. Just like you, I’m fucking sick of the shit that is the increasingly brutal and nihilistic core of contemporary American culture and the march of free market idealism that has been chronic since Ronald Reagan first wobbled onto the podium in the depressing 1980s. Barack Obama is a different colour. So what? Where we are now – intravenously connected to a laptop, living out a masturbatory anti-existence whilst the rest of the ‘developing’ world continues to maim each other with nail bombs and machetes. The Sat Nav intones ‘Total Fucking Destruction’. It’s the end of the road pal.

Label: Bones Brigade Records
Website: www.myspace.com/totalfuckingdestruction

Scribed by: Adam Stone

Published on 15th December 2008 at 9:15 am and has the following tags:

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